Jammu/Srinagar: Much awaited visit of PM Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir is just around the corner. With a lot of speculations making rounds in the political circles, PDP-BJP coalition have kept their fingers crossed as the fate of the days to come depends on the Prime Minister. He will address the first-ever Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Srinagar. This is Modi’s first visit to the Kashmir Valley since the present PDP-BJP alliance took office here on March 1. Just two days ahead of Modi visit, many things have been put into place, several seperatist leaders in Kashmir have been arrested to avoid break-out of protests. Meanwhile, the custom-made convoy vehicles for Modi have reached the city via trains.
Hopes are high that the promised economic package to the citizens of the state will pan into reality this Diwali. With more announcements and less results the people of Jammu and Kahmir are infuriated at the State administration. Modi is arriving on a day-long visit to the state on November 7 and will have a busy schedule.
Bullet proof luxury cars including a customized BMW reached Jammu on Thursday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jammu and Kashmir visit on Saturday.
Several bullet-proof cars, made to order sedans and critical care ambulances also arrived in Jammu, the winter capital of the state, sources in the intelligence department told Media Sources.
“The cars came on train and will be used for VVIP visit,” a source said.
T. Namgial, the inspector general of the Special Protection Group (SPG), reached Jammu on Wednesday.
He held meetings with the police and other security agencies regarding the arrangements to be made at Baglihar in Ramban district of Jammu region and the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in Srinagar, the two venues where Modi will address public meetings.
“Both venues will be taken over by the SPG and sealed till the prime minister arrives,” a source said. They will be surveyed by air too.
Modi will inaugurate the 450 MW phase second Baglihar power project in Ramban and a four-lane Udhampur-Bannihal stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
At Baglihar, Modi will address a public meeting.
Modi will address a rally of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Srinagar on Saturday at 12.30 p.m.
“It is going to be a grand rally,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh of the BJP told reporters.
Kashmiri separatists have called for a counter rally in Srinagar, the state’s summer capital and the urban hub of the separatist movement, also on Saturday.
Srinagar authorities have told hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani that their rally cannot be held.
Over 200 separatists, sympathizers and known stone-pelters have been taken into preventive custody.
Police on Wednesday arrested Engineer Rashid, an independent legislator from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency who was earlier beaten up by BJP legislators in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly.
He was arrested in Watergam village of Baramulla district where he made a speech askingpeople to attend the separatist rally and stay away from Modi’s public meeting on Saturday.
Separatist leaders including Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Muhammad Nayeem Khan and others have been placed under house arrest.
Asiya Andrabi, chief of women’s separatist group, ‘Dukhtaran-e-Milat’ (Daughters of Faith), was arrested on Tuesday and lodged in a women police station in Srinagar.
Last year also, PM celebrated Diwali in Kashmir with Armed Forces but there were little fireworks due to raging floods in September last year that had caused havoc in Kashmir. This yaer people of the state have pinned their hopes on Modi and believe that the fireworks will be doubled if only PM makes the required announcement.